DragonCon, one of the world’s largest the sci-fi, fantasy, and pop-culture conventions, will not be held in person for the first time in 34 years. The convention was (as always) scheduled for Labor Day weekend (as well as the surrounding week of) and was projected to bring around 90,000 people to downtown Atlanta, GA. Organizers announced the cancellation earlier this week, after previously stating many times that the con would still take place, despite the current coronavirus/COVID-19 pandemic.
“After an exhaustive attempt to organize a much smaller, more focused, and socially distanced convention, it became apparent that we could not, in good faith, move forward with our 2020 event,” convention Co-Chair Rachel Reeves said. “We are heartbroken and did not make this decision lightly. Above all else, we want to thank our fans, our hotel partners, the ACVB and the city of Atlanta for their support over these past few months.”
DragonCon has announced that they will instead host a “virtual convention” which will be “free to all” and “feature classic panels and original programming.” Details about the now-virtual event will be released in the upcoming weeks.
DragonCon has already announced and confirmed dates for 2021, and the five-day event will take place from September 2-6, 2021. Fans who have purchased tickets for this year’s convention can either exchange them for an equal-value 2021 pass or seek a full refund. Both options are currently available at dragoncon.org.
More information will be posted here as it becomes available.
-Nerd Nation Staff